Greek: The Morning After Pill on Family TV

by Elizabeth on February 14, 2011 · 2 comments

Picture of Greek If you watch Greek on ABC Family, you probably watched the episode on Feb.7 that talked all about the Morning After Pill. ABC Family has been experimenting with alternative shows and issues like with their launch of The American Teenager a couple of years ago. This is the first episode of Greek that blatantly promoted birth control and specifically, the Morning After Pill. When the main character realizes that she didn’t use birth control, she talks with the boy that she hooked up with about it. She expresses that it’s her problem, not his….and that she always feels like she has to be the parent where he can always be the kid. In the end of the episode, he shows her that he wants to accept more responsibility, but I think their conversation brings up an interesting point. Does the woman always have to be the parent in a relationship? Does the woman always have to be the responsible one, worrying about everything? She ends up going to get the Morning After Pill and after she informs the boy, they both are relieved. What do you think of ABC Family promoting birth control, and the Morning After Pill on their shows? These shows are directed at middle schoolers, high schoolers and college students.

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Alyssa February 16, 2011 at 3:39 pm

I find it disgusting that such topics are aired on national television. Young girls watch these media outlets and believe that such scandalous ways of life are normal. The whole concept of The American Teenager establishes a culture of middle and high school girls constantly focused on sex and physical relationships. What happened to young girls focusing on their education, sports clubs, or church activities? The structure of the American family is sacrificed when young girls are placing themselves in the role of parents. I believe parents need to take their job more seriously and be involved in their datughters’ lives, educating them on the consequences of such behavior and that there really is no “safe” sex outside of marriage. I believe this element of society needs to be changed, and who else to take a stand but the voices of conservative women?!


Elizabeth February 16, 2011 at 4:03 pm

I completely agree with you Alyssa. In order for there to be successful, driven and educated women of the future…we need to continue to focus on what is important and we can’t allow the media to skew what is important, especially in our middle school and high school years. If girls are unprotected from the truth and realities of what having sex at such a young age means, than they are going to be more depressed and devastated…leading to less fulfilling lives. The media needs to stop glamorizing sex……it has consequences and it isn’t going to be as easy to live through like the tv show may portray.


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